Australia Day double demerit points period in place

Double demerits

ACT Policing is urging motorists to drive safely over the Australia Day holiday period and reminding drivers double demerits are now in place until 11.59pm on Monday (27 January 2020).

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said drivers who do the wrong thing should expect to be caught.

“If people want to gamble with their own life, the message is simple. Police will be out there and we will be enforcing the road laws,” Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.

“Fines don’t increase, but the demerit points rise. This is not about revenue raising, it’s about added consequences for speeding and seatbelt offences, for motorcyclists not wearing helmets, and for people who can’t resist the temptation to illegally use their mobile phone while driving.

“I’d like to remind anyone using the long weekend for a quick getaway to take that extra bit of time, to take care, and to look out for each other on the roads.”

Offences that incur double demerit points include all speeding and seatbelt offences, the use of a mobile phone while driving, and riding a motorbike without a helmet. All other traffic offences incur one extra demerit point during the period.

MEDIA NOTE: Broadcast quality video clips of Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman is available for download here.